J&J to replace talc-based powder with cornstarch after cancer lawsuits

The announcement comes more than two years after the healthcare giant ended sales of the product in the US.J&J faces tens of thousands of lawsuits from women who allege its talcum powder contained asbestos and caused them to develop ovarian cancer.But the company reiterated its view that decades of independent research shows the product is safe to use."As part of a worldwide portfolio assessment, we have made the commercial decision to transition to an all cornstarch-based baby powder portfolio," it said in a statement.The firm added that cornstarch-based baby powder is already sold in countries around the world.


Donald Trump does not oppose US bid to unseal Mar-a-Lago search warrant

In a statement, Mr Trump said he was encouraging its "immediate release" - but repeated his claim the search was unnecessary and politically motivated.The US Department of Justice has made a rare request to a Florida court to unseal the warrant.If granted, it would mean the documents are made available to the public.And it could confirm the reason for Monday's search of Mr Trump's Florida home - something that the justice department has not yet revealed.The FBI search is believed to be connected to an investigation into whether the former president removed classified records and sensitive material from the White House.


France firefighters battle 'monster' wildfire near Bordeaux

The raging blaze near the city of Bordeaux has gutted a number of homes and forced 10,000 residents to flee."It's an ogre, it's a monster," firefighter representative Gregory Allione told France's RTL Radio.Strong winds and high temperatures are hampering the firefighting operation.This summer France and a number of other European countries have seen a wave of deadly wildfires, triggered by record temperatures and droughts across the continent.More than 1,000 deaths have been attributed to the heat in Portugal and Spain.


U.S. consumer price growth expected to slow due to lower gasoline costs

U.S. consumer prices are expected to have risen at a much slower pace in July due to a sharp drop in the cost of gasoline, delivering the first notable sign of relief for Americans who have watched inflation climb over the past two years.


China extends military drills around Taiwan after Pelosi visit

Chinese navy ships remained active off both Taiwan's east and west coasts on Wednesday morning, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters, as Beijing kept up military drills in protest against last week's visit to the island by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.


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Irrationality in Zelensky's thinking goes off scale - Any attempt to isolate Russians or Russia is a process that has no prospects - Dmitry Peskov

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov commented on the words of the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky, who called for the Russians to be closed from entering the West, RIA Novosti reports.According to him, this statement speaks for itself.“Most likely, the irrationality in thinking in this case goes off scale. This can only be viewed extremely negatively. Any attempts to isolate Russians or Russia is a process that has no prospects. The odor of such initiatives is not very good, to say the least,” — the spokesman said.He noted that such statements are heard from countries that Russia has recognized as unfriendly.“In their unfriendliness, many of these countries, of course, go into unconsciousness and reach such statements that literally 80 years ago we heard from the center of Europe, from several European countries,” Peskov added.Nevertheless, he expressed the hope that over time, common sense will somehow manifest itself and those who made such statements will come to their senses.The President of Ukraine spoke in an interview with The Washington Post about the fact that Western countries should close their borders for Russians for a year. According to him, the responsibility for launching a special operation lies with all Russian citizens, so they should be isolated from the whole world until they "change their philosophy."


Taiwanese foreign minister says China drills part of a game-plan for invasion

 Taiwan's foreign minister said on Tuesday that China was using the military drills it launched in protest against U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit as a game-plan to prepare for an invasion of the self-ruled island.


China announces fresh military drills around Taiwan

China's military announced fresh military drills on Monday in the seas and airspace around Taiwan - a day after the scheduled end of its largest ever exercises to protest against last week's visit to Taipei by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.


Israel-Gaza: Ceasefire holds overnight after days of violence

Isolated weapons fire from both sides in the minutes before and just after the Sunday night deadline failed to derail the Egypt-brokered truce.At least 44 people have died in the most serious flare-up since an 11-day conflict in May 2021.US and United Nations leaders urged both sides to continue to observe the ceasefire.In a statement, US President Joe Biden praised the truce and called on all parties "to fully implement [it] and to ensure fuel and humanitarian supplies are flowing into Gaza".He also urged reports of civilian casualties to be investigated in a timely manner.The ceasefire was mediated by Egypt - which has acted as an intermediary between Israel and Gaza in the past - over the course of Sunday.But as it came into effect late on Sunday, the Israeli military confirmed it was striking Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) targets in Gaza in response to rockets fired just before. Israeli media also reported some isolated rocket fire from Gaza in the minutes after the deadline.  But no further violence was reported as the night wore on.The latest violence began with Israeli attacks on sites in the Gaza Strip, which its military said was in response to threats from a militant group. It followed days of tensions after Israel arrested a senior PIJ member in the occupied West Bank.By Sunday evening, the Palestinian health ministry said that 15 children had been confirmed among the 44 deaths recorded in the latest violence. Gaza's health ministry has blamed "Israeli aggression" for the deaths of Palestinians and for the more than 300 people wounded.Israel accused PIJ militants of accidentally causing at least some of the deaths inside Gaza - claiming on Saturday that the group fired a stray rocket killing multiple children in Jabalia.Concerns over the humanitarian situation in Gaza, where health officials warned that hospitals only had enough fuel to run generators for another two days, led to the ceasefire deal being agreed.


Twitter rejects Musk's claims that he was hoodwinked

Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) on Thursday dismissed Elon Musk's claims in a Delaware court filing that he was hoodwinked into signing the deal to buy the social media company, saying that it was "implausible and contrary to fact."


China sends warships, jets close to Taiwan as tensions rise in strait

Chinese warships and aircraft conducted military drills in waters near Taiwan Friday, the island's Defense Ministry said, as tensions escalated in the region following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island this week.The ministry said Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) forces crossed the median line -- the halfway point between the island and mainland China -- in a move it called a "highly provocative act."The line has previously been an informal but largely respected border of control between Beijing and Taipei.  Taiwan's military responded with radio warnings and put air patrol forces, naval ships and shore-based missile systems on alert, the ministry added.


Russia ready to discuss prisoner swap with US, Lavrov says after Griner conviction

Russia is ready to discuss an exchange of prisoners with the United States through a diplomatic channel agreed upon by both countries, Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday, state news agency RIA Novosti reported."On the matter of persons who are convicted in Russia and in the United States ... there is a specified channel that has been agreed upon by [Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden], and no matter what anyone says publicly, this channel will remain in effect," Lavrov reportedly said at a news conference in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh on Friday."We are ready to discuss this topic, but within the framework of the channel that has been agreed by the presidents," Lavrov added.  His comments come one day after American women's basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted of deliberately smuggling drugs into Russia and sentenced to nine years of jail time, in a case that has raised concerns she is being used as a political pawn in Russia's war against Ukraine.During the trial, Griner pleaded guilty to carrying less than 1 gram of cannabis oil in her luggage as she traveled through a Moscow airport on February 17. She testified in court that she was aware of Russia's strict drug laws and had no intention of bringing cannabis into the country, saying she was in a rush and "stress packing."Prior to the verdict, Griner apologized to the court and asked for leniency in an emotional speech."I never meant to hurt anybody, I never meant to put in jeopardy the Russian population, I never meant to break any laws here," Griner said.  "I made an honest mistake and I hope that in your ruling that it doesn't end my life here. I know everybody keeps talking about political pawn and politics, but I hope that, that is far from this courtroom."